Originally Posted by MacRulez
I fully recognize it's a positive thing. It was Steve's plan back before he rejoined Apple, the idea he said would save the company.
Dude, I've been buying Macs since '87, so obviously I like 'em. If you read my posts with open eyes you'll find they generally only take exception with specific Apple policies, esp. those that hurt devs, and I very regularly draw attention to the bizarre double standards that characterize so may of the posts here. But that's not about Apple, that's about this new generation of jackbooted fashionista fans they've acquired in recent years.
Projecting your insecurities/fantasies/prejudices onto the vast, multi-headed beast that is Apple's customer base isn't a great way to convince people you're being reasonable.
The new explanation for Apple's success (expanding on the old "crazy cultists" meme, which has become unwieldily what with the hundreds of millions of users) is that somehow huge numbers of these people are posers and "fashionistas" and the like (although I have no idea what a "jackbooted fashionista" is, are iPad users stomping naysayers in the Starbucks parking lot, or something?).
So we've gone from "weirdo with a toy" to "needs something shiny to flash at Starbucks." I've even seen the claim (hereabouts, I think) that the iPad isn't a proper 7" because iPad users like the idea of having something big enough to show off (whereas of course modest, decent Android users prefer stealth mode).
All of which is contemptibly idiotic, so don't be surprised if you get dismissed as a crank. Railing against "jackbooted fashionista" is just too stupid to be taken seriously.